Avista Utilities - Net Metering (Idaho)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Avista Utilities - Net Metering|
|Incentive Type||Net Metering|
|Applicable Sector||Agricultural, Commercial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Biomass, Fuel Cells, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Aggregate Capacity Limit||0.1% of utility's peak demand in 1996 (in Idaho)|
|Applicable Utilities||Avista Utilities|
|Meter Aggregation||Not addressed|
|Net Excess Generation||Credited to customer's next bill; granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle|
|REC Ownership||Not addressed|
|System Capacity Limit||100 kW|
|Date added to DSIRE||2006-10-30|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-06-28|
Idaho does not have a statewide net-metering policy. However, each of the state's three investor-owned utilities -- Avista Utilities, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power -- has developed a net-metering tariff that has been approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The framework of the utilities' net-metering programs is similar, in that each utility: (1) offers net metering to customers that generate electricity using solar, wind, hydropower, biomass or fuel cells; (2) limits individual system size to 100 kilowatts (kW); (3) limits aggregate net-metered capacity to 0.1% of the utility's peak demand in a baseline year (1996 for Avista); and (4) restricts any single customer from generating more than 20% of the aggregate capacity of all net-metered systems. Avista Utilities' net-metering tariff is Schedule 63. Previously, Avista had an individual system size cap of 25 kW. In July 2010, the PUC approved an increase in this cap to allow systems up to 100 kW to participate in net metering.
For Avista Utilities customers, any net excess generation (NEG) during a monthly billing period is credited to the customer's next bill at the utility's retail rate. At the beginning of each calendar year, any remaining NEG is granted to the utility with no compensation for the customer. See Avista's Net Metering Schedule for more information.
|Contact Name||Customer Service - Avista Utilities|
|Address||P.O. Box 3727|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.